Epinephrine Autoinjector Administration - Online Inservice

Epinephrine is a fast-acting medication, used in emergency situations, to improve breathing, stimulate the heart, raise blood pressure, combat hives, and reduce swelling of the face, lips, and throat signs generally associated with having a severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock. Also known as adrenaline, Epinephrine is a simulation of the hormone responsible for the “Fight or Flight” syndrome which is produced naturally in the human body. We will briefly cover the science behind Epinephrine’s exact effect on anaphylaxis in this course. 

Epinephrine is stored as an autoinjector pen and is available by prescription for those with severe allergies triggered by things such as certain insects, animals, foods, drugs, or even latex. In many of our adult care homes, assisted living facilities, schools, and summer camps across the country, caregivers are responsible for recognizing anaphylactic emergencies and providing appropriate care until emergency services arrive. Identifying the symptoms of anaphylaxis and responding appropriately to the situation could mean life or death. This course is for nurse aides, caregivers, educators, teachers, school nurses, and any layperson interested in knowing how to administer this life-saving medication via the autoinjector or Epipen®.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. State how epinephrine works to reverse anaphylaxis.
  2. Recognize and explain the indications for using an Epipen®.
  3. Discuss how to prepare and use an autoinjector properly and effectively.
  4. State how to properly dispose of an Epipen®.
  5. Describe any  legal considerations for their state in regards to epinephrine administration.
  6. State how to properly store an Epipen®.
  7. List appropriate infection control techniques.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Epinephrine - Introduction

Chapter 2: Anaphylaxis

  • Signs and Symptoms
Chapter 3: Proper Use and Storage
  • Use, Storage, and Disposal
Chapter 4: Legalities

Chapter 5: Infection Control 

Chapter 6: Resources
  • Skill Check-off Lists
Chapter 7: References

Price: $10.00

Contact Hours: 0.5

Course Author

Souraya Ballew

Souraya is a Registered and Certified Phlebotomy Technician who brings forth 27 years of experience.

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Course Accreditation

Provider approved by the Florida Board of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants, CE Broker Provider #: 50-13256.

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